Hearts and harps. Sweets and suites. Who can resist Valentine’sDay? It strives to define the month of February. At least in the eyes of retailers.
And though there are other noble reasons to commemorate February along with Cupid – World Radio Day (13th), Presidents’ Day (16th), and Marijuana Awareness Month – for the 39 and Holding Club, February 14th is also “Grandpa” Jack Benny Day!
Jack Benny was a deadpan funnyman who segued from family night around the console radio to family night in front of the TV, with delightful dry humor and self-deprecating one-liners.
A Valentine baby, Mr. Benny (February 14, 1894-1974) is the sole reason the 39 and Holding Club exists. Having celebrated his 39th birthday on-air with fans, he looked forward to it again the following year.
He leaned toward the microphone to declare his 40th birthday … and couldn’t do it. “There’s nothing funny about 40,” he said, and declared instead, “I’m 39 and Holding!”